Saturday in press conferences, Bruce Arians announced that there is no timetable on the injury to rookie Mike Edwards, but that Justin Evans is close to returning. In the midst of a now completely depleted safety group, Arians expressed his concern for depth at the position and that there would like to be a move in place soon.
Arians said he doesn't know how long rookie safety Mike Edwards will be sidelined, but he hopes to get corner Jamel Dean (hip) back soon. Justin Evans is also close to returning, now running at full speed without pain. Would be a big help for depleted group at safety.
— Greg Auman (@gregauman) August 10, 2019
This safety group for Tampa Bay right now is scary thin. The Buccaneers currently have five injured safeties in Mike Edwards, Jamel Dean, Justin Evans, Kentrell Brice, and D’cota Dixon. Four of those five players are expected to play often this year, so this is much bigger than it seems. Having Evans back from injury would be a major boost to this secondary right now. Arians would also have this to say regarding Evans rehabilitation process right now:
Arians said S Justin Evans is close to returning. "He's running now, at full speed, pain-free. We got to get him in football shape.'' Also hopes to get Nick Fitzgerald back soon from a hamstring injury
— Rick Stroud (@NFLSTROUD) August 10, 2019
He seems to be fairly close to 100%. But will Evans be football ready?